A new bipartisan bill will greatly expand the surveillance state by giving government the power to decrypt anything. Leo says that the Graham Blumenthal EARN IT Act will end any notion of privacy that we have. It's happened in Russia, Australia, Sweden, and now the US. It'll also be interesting how it will affect the new iPhone.
The EU has passed a law that mandates that all mobile phones must be using a standard charger, namely USB-C. Apple, of course, hates the new law and will likely resist it legally. Because at $40 apiece, they make a lot of money on Lightning chargers. Leo says that forcing Apple to shift over to a standard connector is a good thing.
Unsolicited emails from companies will be subject to fines of up to $10 million Canadian, with individuals facing a $10,000 fine for every single spam message sent. As a result so far, Microsoft is suspending any emails that they would send advising customers of updates.
With over 3,000 people a year dying in automobile accidents caused by cellphone use, the NTSB is poised to make a series of voluntary recommendations which would be phased in over the next three years to give automakers time to incorporate them. The recommendations will alter how cellphones will be used in the car and will include:
Disabling Manual Text Entry
Disabling video calls or displays
Disabling text display